Totally agree, @MWollaeger. I used Dramatica for my NaNoWriMo this year and had the dictionary up and ready in an alphabetical search mode, so I could slide right down to a particular term at any time. I find just reading the terms, and keeping them in mind while considering the context of a story appreciation I'm contemplating, offers wonderful brainstorming possibilities and opportunities to add additional layers and nuances to scenes.
I had my Dramatica story form, with the basics filled out. I also used the PSR for the Acts, Sequence and Scene creation and used Armando's U, Z or hairpin forms to structure and compact the acts and sequences.
I had read his book again in October so it was fresher in my mind. I had never understood the slide-bump dynamics of the U, Z and hairpins until this reading - and then through fiddling with my story outline. In doing so the principle made more sense. So, @okcthunderx you might just give Armando's book another good read, then try to use his methodologies one by one. I first illustrated as many of the basic story appreciations for each throughline I could, then did an Instant Dramatica pass through (which is rather powerful tool), before I even tried to use the PSR to develop sequences and scenes.
One discovery I made using Armando's slide-bump distinction was that, contrary to the most often promoted 4 act structure I find discussed and defaulted to in Dramatica theory, the way the Signposts of my OS throughline flowed suggested that my OS was actually a 3 act structure (bump-slide-bump, moving from Understanding to Doing-Obtaining then to Learning). Stepping back and looking at the story it made sense. Of course within that, my MC throughline is bump-bump-bump (feeling like 4 acts, moving from Subconsious to Conscious to Preconscious to Memory), the IC is bump-slide-bump (feeling like 3 acts, moving from The Past to Progress-Future to The Present), and the RS is slide-bump-slide (feeling more like 2 acts, moving from Conceiving-Conceptualizing to Being-Becoming). This creates a more woven dynamic between the throughlines that adds an interesting feel to the story. I'm constantly fascinated by the various ways one can naturally knit a story together using Dramatica. It's just amazing stuff to be learning, more and more, each time I use it.